I came up with a fantastic way to get people into work last night. 1. You can only buy booze if you're working. 2. You can only buy fags if you're working. 3. You can only go on holiday abroad if you're working. Seeing as I can't afford to do any of the above and work (I still do them (minus No. 2), but I can't afford them), yet everyone on the dole around me can - I reckon that it would soon have people flocking to do any job! I also reckon that we should stop giving people on the dole anything other than a simple bit of "pocket money". I get £20 a week pocket money out of the household budget - it's my reward for working. If we supplied people out of work with a kind of ration card system, where they could get an allotted amount of basic (healthy) food each week (depending on the number of kids, etc.) then a little bit of pocket money for bus fares to job interviews, etc - we'd soon see a few things. 1. More people taking ANY job available. There are plenty of jobs out there, it's just people don't want to demean themselves cleaning, serving at McDonalds or driving buses. 2. The health of the nation would soar! If people could only buy with the ration books healthy food (fruit, veg, etc) then people would be forced to eat healthily. McDonalds and the chippy would suddenly become a treat, rather than the norm! 3. No more Trishia or Jeremy Kyle Slayed and Marc are right about the 50% thing though, remember, it's a relatively small increase, on what you earn over £150k a year - your pre-150K a year is still the same as it was. However, it looks like they're making an effort to get at the big spenders (have you noticed that the spin for the last few weeks has been directed at the big earners, and those with juicy bonuses)? Another way of trying to get people onside for an election.